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List of Governors

John Cundill - INTERIM Chair of Governors

My name is John Cundill and I am a Reader (lay minister) in the Church of England licensed to the South Molton Mission Community of churches.

I retired from teaching in 2011 but have never lost my passion for education for all people, but particularly for the young as it opens minds, inspires, and gives opportunity for both known and hidden talents and skills to blossom and flourish.

I am pleased to be appointed as Foundation Governor so that I may play a part in helping the school in its aim to deliver a world class education for the children of South Molton

Kevin O'Donnell

My name is Kevin O’Donnell and I am the Head Teacher.


Angela Hulme

Hello. I am Angela Hulme and I have been a Foundation Governor for 35 years, during which time I had the privilege to be Chair for 20 years. During this time there have been many changes, not only in our school, but in education and the roles of governors! 

Our three daughters were educated at the Infant and Junior schools and the Community College before going on to North Devon College (now Petroc) and higher education. They had happy memories of their time in school and I hope this is so for all our pupils. 

I very much enjoy being able to go into school to help with various activities and to get to know our children better. I consider it a privilege to work with our dedicated Staff to ensure that our children are given the best education possible.

Andrew WooLlacott - VICE CHAIR

Hi my name is Andrew Woollacott. I am a Parent Governor and Vice Chair at the School.

I have three daughters of which our youngest still attends the school. My work in the agricultural industry often takes me around the UK but when at home I like to take a keen interest in local issues . For fun and fitness I'm a member of the South Molton Struggler's running club and can occasionally be found struggling up a hill. 

SMUPS provides a great learning platform for children who live in or near South Molton, in order to support the school I volunteered for the role of governor where I can participate in the running of the school and contribute to its progress.

Jackie Mead

Hello, My name is Jackie Mead and I was appointed a Foundation Governor in 2015. I am a retired farmer’s wife and now live just outside South Molton and attend the local C.of E

I have always been interested in children’s education and hope to be able to help see the local children have the best education possible in a safe and happy school. 

Gill Haynes

Hi. My name is Gill Haynes and I am a parent governor. I have two sons one still attends this school.

I have been a secondary maths teacher for over 20 years in schools in Shropshire, Birmingham and Devon. I have also worked in Industry training teachers how to use IT educational software across the country.

I want to use my educational background to support the school and become a bridge between the school and parents.

Trish Ford

Hello, my name is Trish Ford and I have been appointed a Foundation Governor. I am a retired teaching assistant and live in the rural catchment area for this school. I am looking forward to helping ensure the best education for our local children in a happy and welcoming environment.

Paul Bate

I have held a number of teaching posts, retiring as a Headteacher. I moved to North Devon and have previously been a Governor of a variety of different schools. I hope to be able to contribute my experience to the benefit of South Molton United Church of England Primary School as a Foundation Governor.